The figure represents almost 70% of the 10,500 million planned for this 2021 and the Executive will review every six months to verify its correct execution
The Government insists on its message of co-governance of European funds, after the autonomous communities demanded greater power to manage the aid that will come from Europe. The Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, confirmed this Monday that the Executive has already anticipated a total of 7,230 million euros to communities and municipalities. That is, almost 70% of the 10,500 million planned for this 2021.
The minister announced the figure after the celebration of the Sectorial Conference of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan with the councilors of the different autonomies, in which the basic rules for the distribution of these funds have been detailed.
Despite criticism from some councilors, especially from the communities governed by the PP, for the alleged opacity with which the Government is managing the arrival of European aid, Montero has insisted that the meeting took place in a “cordial atmosphere », Encouraging the communities to« all row in the same direction ».
During the meeting, the minister wanted to make it clear to the communities that the distribution and management of European funds will have little to do with what they are used to with other types of European aid, with criteria that are usually based on population or population. rent. “The money from the Next Generation funds will be distributed by policies and objectives, not by territorial issues,” explained Montero at the press conference after the meeting with the representatives of the 17 autonomies.
In this sense, the decision on how and where to carry out the investments financed with these funds will be the result of dialogue between the different ministries involved and the territories themselves, based on the policy levers set by the European Union within the Recovery Plan. “The sectoral conferences of each ministry will be the place where the distribution and details of the initiatives are carried out,” Montero has detailed.
In the Government’s opinion, this formula will not jeopardize the execution deadlines agreed to with Brussels. They consider that it is the most appropriate to prioritize these leverage policies. “The communities are going to manage 55% of the funds planned for this year, money that will be complemented with the 10,000 million of REACT funds destined to offset extraordinary expenses due to the pandemic,” Montero clarified.
In this sense, the initial breakdown by categories has also been detailed, with transport and education being the main beneficiaries of these items, with 1,631 million and 1,400 million euros, respectively. 1,087 million have been allocated for ecological transition, while for equality policies another 700 million. Another 688 million have been anticipated for employment stimulus plans and almost 400 million for health.
Montero has also explained that the council of ministers has already authorized distributions of another 1,230 million through Royal Decrees.